UAE announced on Saturday it eases Islamic Laws for personal freedom of the public, allowing unmarried couples to cohabitate and alcohol restrictions are relaxed.
The relaxing rules will apparently allow Muslims who have been barred from obtaining licenses to drink alcoholic beverages willingly and openly.
The gulf country also sought to criminalize “Honour Killings” a widely criticized act in which males avoid prosecution for assaulting a woman for dishonoring the family.
The National reported, “there will be tougher punishments for men who subject women to harassment of any kind, which is thought to cover street harassment or stalking,”
The new relaxing laws are announced are parts of efforts to improve legislation, investment and also consolidate tolerate principles.
“I could not be happier for these new laws that are progressive and proactive,” Emirati film-maker Abdallah Al Kaabi told Aljazeera.
The announcement follows normalizing Israel-UAE relationships, which is expected to bring an influx of Israeli tourists and investment in the country.
According to Aljazeera, the new eases will bring a flurry of commercial activity and some 25 million visitors to the country after it was pushed back a year because of the coronavirus pandemic.